Colts get overtime win with touchdown on first possession

AP

Unless there’s a touchdown on the first possession of overtime, both teams get a chance to have the ball under the overtime rules put in place for this season.

Only one team got the ball in Tennessee. Vick Ballard made a remarkable twisting dive at the end of a 16-yard run following a screen pass from Andrew Luck to end the game less than five minutes into the extra session. The play was subjected to a long review, but the word finally came back that Ballard’s acrobatic effort was a touchdown and the Colts were 19-13 winners.

Titans fans will likely rue a 47-yard missed field goal by Rob Bironas in the second half, which would ignore the fact that the team had plenty of other chances to get points over the course of the game and couldn’t get it done. Chris Johnson ran for 99 yards and Matt Hasselbeck was 22-of-29 for 236 yards, but they didn’t get enough of them when they weren’t being thwarted by some ill-timed penalties.

It also didn’t help that the Titans defense, which had played extremely well until that point, couldn’t get off the field when Luck took the Colts 80 yards in 14 plays to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Luck’s play wasn’t great throughout the game and he threw a pretty bad interception, but he was sharp on that drive and made a big throw to Reggie Wayne in overtime. His numbers at the end — 26-of-37 for 297 yards to go with the touchdown and the pick — tell that story pretty well. Donald Brown did most of the heavy lifting on that overtime drive and he finished with 80 yards as part of a second straight strong rushing effort for Indianapolis.

The win leaves the Colts at 4-3 with a big game at home against Miami, which has the same record after routing the Jets, next week. The winner will be one of the unlikelier members of the playoff hunt at the start of the second half of the season.

16 responses to “Colts get overtime win with touchdown on first possession

  1. Play of the game had to be the Punt by the titans with a minute to go, wind at your back, and a kicker who did the same thing 5 yards longer 6 years ago. Bironas was getting worked on by the trainer before the decision, may have been hurt.

  2. Apparently the Robert Griffith led Redskins lost again today. I had to look it up – there was no story on NBC

  3. Refs helped indy out big time in this game. The Colts definitely fumbled late in regulation. Replays show his knee was not down when the ball got ripped out. Titans would have already been in FG range. Then, in overtime, Akeem Ayers gets called for hands to the face when he clearly was engaging someone’s shoulder pads. Just Pathetic.

  4. go colts!!! 4-3 already Luck more wins than peytons rookie year and more wins than last year already, and more wins than “mr commercial mushmouth”

  5. It would have been a fumble, but they blew the whistle for forward progress being stopped before the fumble. Kind of a dumb call by Colts there. Should have just taken a knee.

  6. It’s 100% ignorant to compare Luck & Manning’s rookie years.

    Different era & Luck is on a better team.

    Of course peytonsneck fits in the 100% ignorant category.

  7. peytonsneck18 says:
    Oct 28, 2012 5:00 PM
    go colts!!! 4-3 already Luck more wins than peytons rookie year and more wins than last year already, and more wins than “mr commercial mushmouth”

    Stop with these comparisons, they don’t mean anything. Only comparisons that matter are the ones to other AFC teams in playoff contention.

  8. Apparently the Robert Griffith led Redskins lost again today. I had to look it up – there was no story on NBC

    exactly, win they win and do good, there are stories all over about how mushmouth is so great, but when they lose n he plays bad, u dont hear a peep out of national news or skins fans, SMH!!!

  9. peytonsneck18 says:

    Apparently the Robert Griffith led Redskins lost again today. I had to look it up – there was no story on NBC

    exactly, win they win and do good, there are stories all over about how mushmouth is so great, but when they lose n he plays bad, u dont hear a peep out of national news or skins fans, SMH!!!

    That’s because he outplayed Luck, again, and his receivers dropped 11 (that’s right 11) passes. Luck could only put up 13 against the Titans in regulation and was lucky that fumble wasn’t even reviewed, or else we’d be talking about possible bust status for Luck lol

  10. Did anyone else feel like the NFL ripped the Titans a big one in this game ? The two PIs calls against the Titans was so lame, if you watch the game Donnie Avery pushes off of Verner , yet, we dont get a call . . . The biggest rip off of the year, the colts fumbled – NO THERE WAS NOT A WHISTLE till after the recovery, yet it was not reviewed ? Go back and watch the game, the whistle isnt till the ball is recovered – GAME OVER . No TD to tie, to TD to win, yet the NFL desperately wants Luck to be relevant so they use the ” ol’ cowboys ” way of winning. . . State the facts – The defense DID what they had to do to get off the field, however, we were robbed by the The Shield. — In no way , in today’s game where we use replay to find spots on the field, could anyone review that play and A) Say it wasn’t a fumble and B) that the whistle blew the play dead. Whistles were blown after recovery !

  11. tennesseetyrant says:
    Oct 29, 2012 8:43 AM
    Did anyone else feel like the NFL ripped the Titans a big one in this game ? The two PIs calls against the Titans was so lame, if you watch the game Donnie Avery pushes off of Verner , yet, we dont get a call . . . The biggest rip off of the year, the colts fumbled – NO THERE WAS NOT A WHISTLE till after the recovery, yet it was not reviewed ? Go back and watch the game, the whistle isnt till the ball is recovered – GAME OVER . No TD to tie, to TD to win, yet the NFL desperately wants Luck to be relevant so they use the ” ol’ cowboys ” way of winning. . . State the facts – The defense DID what they had to do to get off the field, however, we were robbed by the The Shield. — In no way , in today’s game where we use replay to find spots on the field, could anyone review that play and A) Say it wasn’t a fumble and B) that the whistle blew the play dead. Whistles were blown after recovery !

    Agreed there were some crazy calls or no calls, but wah wah wah—– cry about it…. it happens, Happened in a few games for the colts this year where calls they should have gotten weren’t called or they were called for some terrible penalties that weren’t penalties and it would shift momentum, and whatever else, BUT you don’t see me on here “if & but’n” about it, take it like a man….. Today we got the benefit of the doubt we hadn’t been getting, it happens….

    and what about the Titans, they had their chance many times to seal the game and didn’t (Nice catch McCarthy! that dropped pick would have been it, the screen pass CJ dropped/was slightly over thrown where he had nothing but green grass and blockers in front…) so quit whining

  12. cant wait until good ole andy gets his bell rung by a d-lineman, and is out for a four game stretch. favorable calls go his way today, and without those calls the horsies lose the game. but keep thinking he is good peytonsneck thats good for the rest of the league. luck sucks.

  13. the refs gave the colts the game. i love the colts, im obviously glad we won. but if i were a titans fan i would be upset.

    the andrew luck and rg3 comparisons are so old already. its obvious rg3 is a serious badass. luck is pretty good sometimes too. theyre just different players, in different systems, built for each of their specific strengths. im over hearing about which is better.

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